Out-of-control speedboat with engine failure off Exmouth is towed to safety by RNLI

An out-of-control speedboat with engine failure at risk of drifting out to sea off Exmouth was towed to safety by the RNLI.

The Exmouth all-weather lifeboat launched shortly after 11.30am on Tuesday morning (April 27) after a 999 call was made reporting a drifting speedboat with three onboard in difficulty off Orcombe Point.

The stricken vessel was towed to the marina. No one onboard was injured, the RNLI said.

Steve Hockings-Thompson, Exmouth RNLI Coxswain, said: “This was an unfortunate incident where a speedboat had suffered a serious engine failure in difficult sea conditions.

“The vessel and its occupants, who all had buoyancy aids, was towed to safety and I was pleased myself and my crew were able to help with this rescue.”

He added: “Our advice to those going to sea in yachts and motorboats is to check your engine, wear a lifejacket, have a means of calling for help, preferably a VHF/DSC radio, and the check weather and tide times before embarking.”

An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “At 11.38am today, Tuesday 27 April,  the  all-weather lifeboat was launched having been tasked by HM Coastguard to a report of a 24ft speedboat suffering from engine failure, out of control and being taken out to sea by a strong tide.

“Its location was reported as approximately one-hundred metres south west of Orcombe Point and drifting.

“The lifesavers quickly located the casualty vessel, that had three individuals on board, assessed the situation and towed the speedboat back to Exmouth Marina, arriving there at 12:28pm.

“None of the occupants of the boat were injured or required medical assistance.

“The lifeboat then made its way back to its mooring on the Exe Estuary where it was back on service a short time later.”

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